a message from Fr. Reese...
Dear Parishioners of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel and St. Therese of the Child Jesus,
Greetings in the Lord! Because of my speech problems, I have taken many tests in Kenosha and in Milwaukee, but last Thursday (July 25th), Dr. Paul Barkhaus at Froedtert, a specialist in ALS, gave me an official diagnosis of that disease (also known as Lou Gehrig's)
ALS stands for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis.It causes the loss of nerve cells that control muscles. Often it begins with weakness in the arms and legs, but in my case it began with the tongue and face muscles. Since there is no effective medicine for this disease, it will continue to progress over the next few years, resulting in a loss of the ability to swallow and respiratory failure.
This is a tough thing to accept, but I pray daily , "Jesus, I trust in You." God does everything out of love, and he is permitting this according to His all wise and loving Providence. People from both parishes as well as family and friends are praying for me. I am sustained by your prayers, and I, in turn, offer my suffering and prayers for you -- especially those who are undergoing sickness and great sufferings themselves. I have always been dedicated to visiting the sick and I will continue to do so as long as I am able.
However, it is getting harder for me to offer the Mass, to grant absolution and to anoint the sick. Therefore, I am praying for a healing of my speech through the intercession of Ven. Pius XIIso that I can be a priest for you as long as possible. In last Sunday's Gospel Jesus said:"Ask, and it will be given you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For every one who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened (Luke 6:11-13).
I believe, then, that God will extend my priesthood because of prayer. Even St. Paul recovered from a deadly illness by prayer: "we were crushed beyond our strength, even to the point of despairing of life. We were left to feel like men condemned to death so that we trust, notin ourselves, but in God who raises the dead. He rescued us from the danger of death, and will continue to do so . . . but you must help us with your prayers, so that, on our behalf, God may be thanked for the gift granted us through the prayers of so many" (2 Cor 1: 8-11).
So, I invite you to pray a novena to Ven. Pius XII from the Transfiguration (August 6th ) until the Vigil of the Assumption (Aug. 14th). He was the Pope that declared the dogma of the Assumption. Simply say a Rosary every day and then conclude with his official prayer if you feel so inspired:
O Jesus, eternal High Priest, Who didst deign to raise Thy faithful servant, Pius XII, to the supreme dignity of Thy Vicar on earth and to grant him the grace to be a fearless defender of the faith, a valiant champion of justice and peace, zealous in proclaiming the glory of Thy most holy Mother, a shining example of charity and all virtues, deign now to grant us, in view of his merits, the graces we ask of Thee; so that, made certain of his efficacious intercession with Thee, we may one day see him raised to the
honors of our altars.